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James Willstrop in action during last year's British Grand Prix

Willstrop Moves into Wimbledon Open Semi-Final

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Former World No.1 and title favourite James Willstrop secured his place in the last four of the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open, PSA M25 tournament with a fine 3-0 victory over fellow Englishman Joe Lee in the quarter-final.

The opening game featured a fluid and entertaining style of squash with both players mixing up the height and length of their shots to great effect. Willstrop’s superior accuracy eventually saw him pull away to take a one-game lead but the experienced Yorkshireman found himself pegged back in the second after Lee used a series of expertly-placed volley drops to take an early three-point lead.

Willstrop recovered though to double his advantage after some errors from his opponent and, despite Lee surging into a 4-0 lead in the third, the 18-time PSA World Tour title winner held on to complete an 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 triumph and move to within just one win of reaching his first final Tour final since September 2014.

“Joe made a few unforced errors but it’s because I put him under a lot of pressure,” Willstrop said to SquashSite.

“I had to be intense and play sharp squash to win today and, if I was him, I wouldn’t be too disappointed with my performance.”

Willstrop will face number three seed Declan James in the semi-final after the 22-year-old came out on top of an exciting five-game thriller with compatriot George Parker. The lead changed hands multiple times in a tight encounter with James taking it to advance to the last four.

The other quarter-final fixtures saw Omar Abdel Meguid and Joshua Masters prevail in their respective matches against Charles Sharpes and Matthew Hopkin.

Results – Quarter-Final: Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2016
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [6] Joe Lee (ENG) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
[3] Declan James (ENG) bt [Q] George Parker (ENG) 11-6, 5-11, 14-12, 9-11, 11-6
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [Q] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (25m)
[2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) bt [7] Charles Sharpes (ENG) 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-5

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v [3] Declan James (ENG)
[Q] Joshua Masters (ENG) v [2] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)

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